Non-Fiction Book Review: The Rabbit Effect

The Rabbit Effect by Kelli Harding
The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness 
by Kelli Harding

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

This book explains many of the hidden factors to health and disease that modern medicine doesn’t routinely cover: social environment, easy access to nutritious food, work satisfaction and safety, family bonds, and environmental trauma. Kindness really can heal disease and prevent infections.

I liked how the information in this book was organized. The chapters have some good examples of real-life cases and scientific studies that prove how each component in a person’s life strongly affects their health.

However, the author has a very leftist viewpoint, and holds up government-controlled health care as a desirable and efficient situation, even hinting that it apparently worked out so well for the British. And yet Britain is well-known for having a terrible health-care system.
The author also spends several pages talking about how unfair the “wage gap” is between men and women, and how that stress at work could affect women’s health. And yet the “wage gap” has been proven over and over to be a hoax. Women tend to work fewer hours than men, and typically choose careers in lower-paying but more emotionally-rewarding jobs like teaching and social services. )

So right away I lost all confidence in this author. If she’s ignoring proven facts to promote a political agenda full of fabricated information, then I don’t feel that I can trust much of what is written here.

There are a few good ideas about reducing stress in your life and forging connections with your social group, and I enjoyed reading about those good solutions. I liked that at the end of each chapter there are practical questions you can ask yourself about your life and stress levels, with suggestions on how to change things for the better.

I appreciated the basic message about health, but I didn’t need the political fakery surround it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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